Our expert says:
Family law expert
I suggest that you approach the maintenance court and obtain a court order so that he pays the maintenance. A maintenance officer will investigate the issue and detremine waht each party need to contribute towards the child's maintenance. Calculating the maintenance payable for purposes of divorce is relatively simple. Start at the actual costs of raising a child then split that between both parents according to what they both earn.
Child costs - R2000 a month
Father earns R6000 a month
Mother earns R4000 a month
The father then pays 60% and mother 40% towards the monthly expenses.
The father pays R1200 a month and the mother R800 a month in that scenario.
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